Adelaide Just Reached Its Hottest Temperature On Record

At 1:42 pm, history was created in Adelaide.

That's the precise moment when temperatures hit 46.2 at the official Bureau of Meteorology weather station at West Terrace in the Adelaide CBD.

The old record was 46.1, so at the first the new mark didn't beat it by much. But the temperature soon soared to 47 degrees and beyond across the city, in what was an unprecedented day of heat in the South Australian capital and surrounds.

The official city temperature peaked at 46.6.

Later in the afternoon, Kent Town in inner Adelaide -- the site of Adelaide's official weather station until 2017 when it moved to West Terrace on the other side of the CBD -- recorded a temperature of 47.4.

That absolutely smashed the old record of 45.7 at that particular station.

Even the poor old magpies were feeling it in Adelaide today.

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Numerous other locations in SA also experienced heatwave conditions.

As the BoM's MetEye 2:30 pm image below showed very clearly, the hottest temperatures in Australia today were all in the state of South Australia.

And there were even hotter readings of 47 and 48 in in the Adelaide area. Edinburgh, in the city's north, was another suburb to exceed 47 degrees.

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Needless to say, locals cooled off any way they could.

Adelaide locals like to say their heat is more tolerable than a scorching day elsewhere because "it's a dry heat". That theory might have been tested a little today.

Is this  South Australian heatwave a climate change thing?

As Anita Pyne from the Bureau of Meteorology told 10 daily recently, you cannot attribute a single event (like this week's heatwave) to climate change, but you can say that such events will "increase in frequency".

These words ring true this summer, with heatwave after heatwave setting extreme temperature records in all eight Australian states and territories.

This is the sort of pattern which points to a wider trend, rather than just an above-average outbreak of warm weather.